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Lashkar fuelled Kashmir valley unrest?

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Armed with the chilling confessional video of a Pak terrorist, the NIA claims that unrest in Kashmir was being orchestrated by Pakistan-based LeT.

New Delhi: In an atmosphere of unconcealed diplomatic hostility between India and Pakistan, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has come up with video evidence of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali, a Punjabi-speaking man, talking about his family, the time he spent in the terror outfit-Laskar-e-Taiyyaba and his crossing over to the Indian side of the border.

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In the video, Lahore-born Ali says: “I was asked to throw grenades during a protest but I couldn’t.” He also says that his handlers in Pakistan told him that “Lashkar cadre have been successful in creating unrest after Buran Wani was killed”. Ali has reportedly revealed that he went through three Lashkar training sessions and was assigned to “mingle with locals and create trouble” during one of the many protests in the Kashmir Valley after Wani, a 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, was killed on July 8.

The NIA’s offensive against Pakistan came a day after India handed over a “strong demarche” to Pakistan over its continued support to cross-border terrorism in India. “NIA is further investigating the role of Lashkar in the present unrest in Kashmir,”  said Inspector General of NIA Sanjeev Singh, adding that Ali who was captured recently in North Kashmir, had thrown up leads showing involvement of LeT in aggravating the situation in the Valley.

When Ali was arrested on July 25th, an AK-47 rifle, grenades, sophisticated night vision equipment, water proof maps and a coded grid were found on him.

“Bahadur Ali was told to take advantage of the current situation in Kashmir,” said NIA”s second-in-command Singh while stressing that Ali’s revelations clearly point at Pakistan’s involvement in the Kashmir unrest. Ali was in touch with LeT’s “operations room” till his arrest and had received instructions to carry out an attack.

His handlers, the NIA said, were based out of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the control room was code-named “Alpha-3”. Japanese-made communication instruments had been modified to hop frequencies to avoid detection. “This requires military expertise,” Singh said. GPS and other navigational instruments were also found on Ali and four other terrorists who were killed. “That they had specific grid references for the route to be followed and GPS and topographical sheets establishes that these LeT terrorists were trained by a military expert,” added the NIA officer. NIA sources said Ali was part of a large group which infiltrated into India and that after his disclosure four heavily-armed terrorists were spotted and gunned down by security forces.

THE CHILLING CONFESSION

*21-year-old Bahadur Ali, a resident of Raiwind in Lahore, is shown speaking about the LeT’s sophisticated communication network and assistance rendered to it by the Pakistani army.

*Was launched from Mandaku area of PoK where he was handed over arms and ammunition besides other accessories like GPS, night vision device.

*Ali, who was arrested on July 25 this year from Yahama village in Handwara in North Kashmir, was in one of the groups allegedly instructed to take advantage of the current situation and throw grenades at the security forces.

* Before being sent to India, Ali underwent three training courses at Aksa camp near Muzaffarabad in 2014 followed by month-long camp near Muzaffarabad in 2016

* He said those officers were referred to as ‘Major Sahib & Captain Sahib’, corroborating the statement made by Mohd Naveed, another Pakistani terrorist, who was captured and arrested.

*Ali was recruited into Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD)at age 14, by a close aide of the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

*Ali was informed by his handlers from a control room code-named ‘Alpha-3’,  about the unrest in the Valley following the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8.

 

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